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Te Anau - Milford Sound

And back to Te Anau

semi-overcast 10 °C

Today we woke up to clouds over the mountains across Lake Te Anau... driving to Milford Sound we were spoilt with the clouds lifting and beauty around every corner! Including a beautiful waterfall on the side of the road we stopped and walked back to.
The Mirror lakes were a little less 'mirrored' than usual today with the fish and ducks causing a stir in the water, but still beautiful.
We experienced the Homer Tunnel and had a nice Venison pie at Milford Sound.
We boarded our cruise and departed at 2:45pm, wow!
We learnt a lot about the formation and discovery of the the fiord and surrounds. We saw seals basking in the sun, dolphins in the distance and a huge cruise ship which was dwarfed by the epic mountains!
Richard was brave enough to get doused by a glacier fed waterfall, but I chickened out.
Our skipper was brilliant and our nature narrator was so knowledgable we could have listened to him all day!
On the drive back to Te Anau we stopped at the Homer tunnel and went for a walk and stood on avalanche rocks. The Kea's paid us a visit in the car park and we committed a mortal sin.... we fed them a cookie haha! They are the only known Alpine Parrot in the world FYI! And we felt honoured to have met them and seen them up close. Not sure the dude who had left his car too long and they had stolen the rubber seal from the car door is going to feel the same way!
Richie stood in the top of the original entrance to Homer Tunnel!
We found a beautiful Chinese restaurant in Te Anau and are so glad to be getting to bed!
Brilliant day!!!

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Dunedin to Te Anau

Via Alexandra

rain 11 °C

Driving from Dunedin to Te Anau today, via Alexandra and Clyde we had a nice taste of the rain and Central Otago bitter cold! It got down to 10 degrees and rained. When we got to Te Anau there was not a cloud in the sky?! 😳
We did stop at Ranfurley and met an amazing lady who was spinning wool and uses it for her crafts. Whilst looking at her craft the power went out from the high winds blowing.
We found apple trees and plum trees .... wow sooo sweet!
In Te Anau we had dinner at a small bar call the Black Dog!
We had whitebait patties, fresh Salmon, scallops and wild venison. And a couple of Fiordland Lagers. Amazing!
Back to our little room for a shower in the facilities at the holiday park! 5 star!
The shared bathroom is heated and marble, with flowers and hairdryers at every basin!
Early night for these gypsies!! Big day tomorrow 😁

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Otago Peninsula

sunny 3 °C

Such a busy day today!
Harley Davidson's Southern most store in the world!
Cadbury factory was interesting! Yes it is still open until they make a formal decision to close it. Our tour guide Sharif was so cool and funny!
We tackled the steepest street in the world! And won!! Haha
We visited Larnach Castle - New Zealand's only castle! Such a beautiful place and the gardens are spectacular 😃
Off to the point of the Otago Peninsular and we saw some seals and albatross! The seals were happy playing in the seaweed and the Albatross flew right above us. Not the best pics but ok for an iPhone!
Tonight Richard got to train with Sensei John Marrables - an amazing man and such a sweet man!

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Mt Cook to Dunedin

Via Oamaru

sunny 21 °C

Can not believe we have had amazing weather again!
Woke up early to see the mighty Mt Cook herself basking in the sunrise through our room window!
Leaving around 8am we encounter 20 metre visibility due to some clouds that rolled in over the mountains.... 😳
Driving down through Twizel into Omarama we stopped at the Clay Cliffs and the cloud lifted a little.
We explored an old farmhouse site with only the chimney standing... was so exciting to find an Apple tree and pear tree in the paddock next to the what would have been, house. The sheep dip was rather old and had a date on it... 1940.
Continuing on to Oamaru we had a look around the old warehouses. Such a nice place to wander.
The Moeraki Boulders never cease to amaze me every time!!
Dunedin..... popped out of nowhere as we came over the hill!
Richard made a lovely dinner in the motel room and we are off to sleep early!!

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Christchurch to Mt Cook

Via Lake Tekapo

sunny 26 °C

After a wonderful breakfast cooked by our personal chef Walter, the driving began today!
Christchurch to Mount Cook via Lake Tekapo.
You will be pleased to know we did not see any foreigners driving in the wrong side of the road. There are signs everywhere to remind them to 'drive on the left'! 😳
We stopped at The Tin Shed - merino wool product shop on the way to Geraldine to have a bit to eat.
All the way to the MacKenzie county it was overcast and Mel was concerned we would not see Mt Cook- well.... how wrong was she! Driving down the hill into Lake Tekapo was just stunning and the weather stayed like that all day.
We stopped at Tekapo for some photos then carried on to Mt Cook.
Went for two walks, a short one to the mountaineers monument then a longer, steeper one to the Tasman Glacier viewing spot. Wow!!
The photos do not do any of it justice but enjoy anyways.

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